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    LEVI E. RECK, M.D.

    Successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Piqua, Dr. Reck has worked his way upward to a position of prominence in the medical fraternity. He was born in Greenville, Ohio, July 31, 1864. It is believed that the family is of Holland extraction and at an early day was founded in Pennsylvania. The paternal grandfather of the Doctor was David Reck, a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, who became a successful farmer, was a member of the Lutheran church and lived to be about eighty years of age. He married a Miss Lightner, of English extraction. Frank W. Reck, the Doctor's father, was born near the city of Lancaster, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and there remained until about fourteen years of age, when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Darke county, Ohio. They located on a farm near Greenville and the father afterward purchased a farm adjoining the old family homestead there. For a number of years, in connection with his agricultural pursuits, he engaged in the manufacture of lumber as foreman of a planing mill. During the civil war he joined the army, loyally serving his country from 1863 to 1865. He married Miss Elizabeth Gilbert, who was born in Darke county, Ohio, a daughter of Levi and Mary (Spiece) Gilbert. The former was born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was there reared and married, and made farming his life work. He lived to be eighty-two years of age. His parents were natives of England, while his wife's people were of German lineage. Mr. and Mrs. Reck became the parents of seven sons: Charles L., a druggist of Piqua; Levi E.; Louis, a farmer and school teacher in Darke county; Alonzo, a machinist, of Darke county; Homer G. and Daniel Webster, at home, and one who died at the age of fourteen years. The parents are both consistent and faithful members of the United Brethren church and are both still living.

    Dr. Reck spent his boyhood days upon the home farm, and the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist early became familiar to him. He pursued his education in the public schools of the neighborhood until about eighteen years of age, when he entered the high school at Greenville, and, after completing his course there, he continued his studies at the Ada Normal School and later began reading medicine in the office and under the direction of Dr. A. F. Markwith, of Greenville. A year later he entered the Ohio Medical College, at Cincinnati, in which institution he was graduated in March, 1891, after which he opened an office and began practice at Piqua. His professional career has been attended with a gratifying degree of success and he now enjoys a large and constantly increasing patronage. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Piqua, and in politics is a stanch Republican. He does all in his power to promote the growth and insure the success of his party.

    As his elder brother, Charles L. Reck, is a well known resident of Piqua, it will be interesting in this connection to give a synopsis of his life. He was born and reared on the home farm in Darke county in the usual manner of farmer lads, and, having acquired his preliminary education in the public schools, he afterward spent six weeks in the Westerville University at Westerville, Ohio, and then matriculated in the Ada Normal University, where he remained for about three years. When his literary course was completed he entered the College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he pursued his studies for about three years, being graduated in 1888. He afterward engaged in working in drug stores in Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago and Dayton, and in May, 1892, he came to Piqua, where he established his present drug store, which he has since successfully conducted. He has now a well appointed establishment and the public accords him a liberal share of its business in his line.

    Charles Reck was married in Piqua, to Miss Nina Pierce, of Forest, Ohio, and they have two children, Wilbur and Alfred. He votes with the Republican party, and, socially is connected with Gettysburg Lodge, No. 477, F. & A. M., of Gettysburg, Ohio.

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